Bata Motel - Review
I was just recently introduced to this solo artist and her experimental sound hailing from San Diego, CA.
Spanning the genres from gothic, dark electro-pop, shoegaze and ethereal we have a very eclectic and unique artist here presenting this four-track EP.
"Campo" comes right in with the dark and brooding piano to set the mood and from there it just gets intense with heavy percussion, grinding guitar and a chaotic song structure that leaves the listener breathless. The mood creates almost a cabaret style to the music while it's definitely grounded in the dark and experimental. As we move through the four pieces the mood is tempered quite a bit as we move to "Enyo" with it's soft and somber pulse starting off before being interrupted with the heavy experimental ambient noise. At this point the listener starts to get a feel for the beauty found in the chaos of the music, especially with the ethereal siren-like vocals that cut through it all. "Grace" starts off even more somber and beautiful with piano and soft guitar loops layered one on top of the other with heavenly vocals coming out in the background for a sweet, ethereal touch. While the beauty comes out strong, it's laced with thorns as the piece drives on as the percussion kicks in and all elements come together in a chaotic collage. "Chloe" kind of breaks the mold keeping it simple and minimalistic compared to the other tracks with soft piano, a somber beat and vocals which sort of softly and slowly let the listener down after being thrashed around for the previous fifteen minutes. It still builds to a dynamic climax to not disappoint, but nothing like we've experienced previously.
With that this short EP comes to a close and we're left wondering if our insides are still intact yet wondering what sort of harsh beauty just graced our ears. It's quite an eclectic and experimental set of tracks, that's for sure, but definitely something that stands out from the mundane.